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Exceed


EXCEE'D, verb transitive [Latin excedo; ex and cedo, to pass.

1. To pass or go beyond; to proceed beyond any given or supposed limit, measure or quantity, or beyond any thing else; used equally in a physical or moral sense. One piece of cloth exceeds the customary length or breadth; one man exceeds another in bulk, stature or weight; one offender exceeds another in villainy.

2. To surpass; to excel. Homer exceeded all men in epic poetry. Demosthenes and Cicero exceeded their contemporaries in oratory.

King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. l Kings.10.

EXCEE'D, verb intransitive To go too far; to pass the proper bounds; to go over any given limit, number or measure.

Forty stripes may he give him, and not exceed Deuteronomy 25:3.

1. To bear the greater proportion; to be more or larger.

[This verb is intransitive only by ellipsis.]